Stray Dog Rescues Abandoned Baby

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    Baby Reportedly Found with Puppies
    By Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press
    May 10, 2005

    NAIROBI, Kenya -- A newborn baby abandoned in a Kenyan forest was saved by a stray dog who apparently carried her across a busy road and through a barbed wire fence to a shed where the infant was discovered nestled with a litter of puppies, witnesses said Monday.

    The baby girl, named "Angel" by hospital workers, was clad in a tattered shirt and wrapped in a plastic bag when the dog found her Friday, according to Aggrey Mwalimu, owner of the shed where the baby was discovered in a poor neighborhood near the Ngong Forest in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

    "When the dog picked up the baby in a dirty bag, it came and dropped her behind the wooden building where the dog has its puppies," Mwalimu told The Associated Press on Monday.

    The 7-pound, 4-ounce infant was taken to a hospital and "is doing well, responding to treatment. She is stable. . . . She is on antibiotics," said Hannah Gakuo, spokeswoman of the Kenyatta National Hospital.

    The baby was found after two children reported hearing an infant's cries near their wood and corrugated metal shack.

    "I followed them outside, and we started looking around the compound and a nearby plot," said Mary Adhiambo, the children's mother.

    They eventually found the tan mixed-breed dog lying protectively with a puppy beside the mud-splattered baby wrapped in a torn shirt, Adhiambo said. The short-haired dog with light brown eyes has no name, residents said.

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